Police: Farole’s still operating despite license suspension
PAWTUCKET – Three days after the Board of License Commissioners said that Farole’s Restaurant & Banquets was to be closed until its owner received food service and safety licenses and that the establishment would be closed for 14 days after the owner obtained such paperwork, the banquet hall was open with its owner cooking in the kitchen.
The Bayley Street facility on Sept. 6 was ordered closed until its owner – Jose Ruiz – receives a food service license and valid certified food safety manager license from the Rhode Island Department of Health. Once Ruiz obtained those licenses, Farole’s was to remain closed for the following 14 days. Upon reopening, the establishment’s closing time would be changed to midnight instead of the traditional 1 a.m., and anytime the facility hosts an event, Ruiz must contact Pawtucket Police to receive a two-officer detail.
According to a police narrative from Pawtucket Patrol Officer Micaela Butlin, the officer was dispatched to Farole’s for a liquor establishment check around 11:50 a.m. last Saturday. She was advised by dispatch that the business should be closed due to a suspended license.
When Butlin arrived on scene, she made contact with Ruiz, who told her that he was cleaning inside the restaurant and cooking lunch for his family. While a woman and child were inside Farole’s, Butlin did not obtain their information.
According to Pawtucket Police Capt. Thomas Newman, Butlin informed him that Ruiz was cooking in the kitchen but there was “a
quantity of food greater than that for two adults and a child,” Newman said, with the food including a large container of cooked chicken wings. Butlin did not notice any customers inside and Ruiz said he would be finishing up his cleaning and leaving the property.
In the Sept. 10 notice, Newman additionally writes that it was his understanding that Ruiz had yet to receive his clearance from the Health Department to operate as a food service provider or permission to prepare food within the premises.
Newman requested the Board of License Commissioners review the incident and determine if any disciplinary action should be taken.
The Bayley Street banquet facility has been a recent focus of police attention, as twice in the last four months, police have discovered the restaurant to be serving alcohol after hours. Additionally, an Aug. 25 stabbing and shooting occurred around 3 a.m., two hours after scheduled closing, police said.
Ruiz at the Sept. 6 commission meeting said that he anticipated he could obtain his licenses as early as Sept. 8, one day before the alleged incident occurred. In Butlin’s narrative, Ruiz said that he had not had any customers inside Farole’s since the license was suspended.
The City Council, in its capacity as the Board of License Commissioners, will address the communication from Newman during next Wednesday’s meeting.